External Advisory Board

A distinguished group of nationally recognized information-related experts from business and education compose the dean's External Advisory Board. The board meets each spring in Ann Arbor and each fall via teleconference to offer counsel about matters related to a wide range of topics, including research initiatives and curriculum development.

Ayça Aksu is a product manager at Scripps Networks, where she works on Food Network and Cooking Channel websites. In this role, she focuses on user experience in the development of next generation websites, mobile apps and related services.

Jason Blessing serves as chief executive officer of Model N and previously was CEO of Plex Systems and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Previously Blessing, a U-M alumnus, held a variety of executive positions at PeopleSoft, Oracle and Price Waterhouse during his 20-year career in enterprise software.

Francis X. Blouin was director of the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan from 1981 to 2013. He currently continues his work as Professor of History and Professor in the School of Information. 

John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California and the independent co-chairman for the Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation. His research interests include the impact of globalization on business, the management of radical innovation, digital culture, ubiquitous computing, and organizational and individual learning.

John J Cameron is the Managing Partner of Brigante, Cameron, Watters & Strong, LLP in Torrance, California, a firm recognized by Accounting Today as a “Best Place to Work” in 2014.

Irene Cheung is Vice President, BMSC Consulting - Global Marketing, Marriott International. She was previously a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she collaborates with clients to solve challenges in their front-office functions and to build a better customer experience.

David Choi is Lead User Experience Researcher at Nextdoor. He has been a User Experience Researcher at Facebook, where he led research efforts on Messenger.



Roger Ehrenberg is the founder and Managing Partner of IA Ventures. He currently sits on the boards of DataSift, Metamarkets, PlaceIQ, Sight Machine, Simple, The Trade Desk, and Twice, and is a board observer of MemSQL and SavingStar.

John Evans is the chairman and CEO of Evans Telecommunications Company. He is an internationally recognized expert in the telecommunications industry and a leader in technological innovation.

Stuart Feldman is Google's vice president of engineering, and is responsible for the health and productivity of Google’s engineering offices in the eastern part of the Americas, Asia, and Australia. He also has executive responsibility for a number of Google products.

Nancy Gwinn is the Director of the Smithsonian Libraries. She is a recognized leader in international librarianship, the preservation of library collections, the application of library technologies and building collaborations and partnerships.


Tom Hyry is the Florence Fearington Librarian, Houghton Library, Harvard University, where he provides leadership and direction for all of the library’s collections, services, and programs.

Kenneth Jones is an executive with experience in engineering, operational and profit-and-loss management. He is a past Vice President of Northrup Grumman Corporation, and was Division General Manager of Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He holds an MS in nuclear engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Kelvin Lam is an Executive Director of J.P. Morgan, where he focuses on trading residential mortgage whole loans. In this role, he evaluates and prices assets for acquisition, warehouse financing, and investment banking advisory. 

Victoria Reich is Executive Director of the LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Library, [www.lockss.org]. The LOCKSS Program empowers local and national communities to ensure perpetual access to a wide range of materials, including for-fee and open access books and journals.

Deborah Schwarz is founder and CEO of LAC Group, a boutique firm specializing in the placement and management of law librarians and law firm libraries.

Marianne Silver is the Chief People Officer of Coyote Logistics, the second largest North American freight brokerage, which she co-founded with her husband, Jeff Silver.

Jamie Voris is the chief technology officer at Walt Disney Studios, where he oversees the development and implementation of technology strategies and innovations to support Disney’s film, music and theatrical operations.

Dr. Jun Zhang is the Chief Solution Architect and Senior Tech. Ladder Fellow at Pitney Bowes, one of America's largest providers of global e-commerce solutions.